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M. R. Leavitt

Lansdowne, VA USA
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  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 210,672
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 196,701
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196,287

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • perfection

  • By Dallas on 03-30-18

For old video game afficianados

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-23-19

A young adult SF near-future dystopia where the best part of life takes place in a world-wide simulation. Our heroes fight dragons, wizards and corporate bigwigs, using sword, sorcery and corporate espionage. Great fun.

  • The Abyss Beyond Dreams

  • Chronicle of the Fallers, Book 1
  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 22 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,987
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,986

The year is 3326. Nigel Sheldon, one of the founders of the Commonwealth, receives a visit from the Raiel - self-appointed guardians of the Void, the enigmatic construct at the core of the galaxy that threatens the existence of all that lives. The Raiel convince Nigel to participate in a desperate scheme to infiltrate the Void. Once inside, Nigel discovers that humans are not the only life-forms to have been sucked into the Void. The humans trapped there are afflicted by an alien species of biological mimics.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • BORING

  • By paul nordquist on 10-02-18

A good story in Nigel's universe

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-17-19

The story takes place in, but doesn't move forward, the universe of previous Commonwealth stories and it's followed by A Night Without Stars. Nice to have references to characters in the previous stories. Good story with lots of subplots that come together eventually. I liked other Commonwealth stories more, but I'll eventually get to the conclusion.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Change Agent

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,752
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,507
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,492

New York Times best-selling author Daniel Suarez delivers an exhilarating sci-fi thriller exploring a potential future where CRISPR genetic editing allows the human species to control evolution itself. On a crowded train platform, Interpol agent Kenneth Durand feels the sting of a needle - and his transformation begins....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A terrifying look into our future

  • By Brian on 04-24-17

A great read that needs just a little more science

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-26-19

I really like Suarez and have been reading him since he started. In previous books he integrates the engineering into the story really well to make me believe the science and enjoy the story. This time the engineering was just a little lacking: the concept of a change agent was never entirely convincing.

But putting that quibble aside the book is a great action-adventure novel with a credible-enough background to keep me (audibly) turning the pages as fast as possible. The main protagonist is an appealing character with believable and positive motivations. The supporting actors are interesting in themselves. The bad guys are truly horrific and lead to some great plot twists.


I look forward to the next Suarez (Delta-V) in just a few months.

  • The People's House

  • By: David Pepper
  • Narrated by: Jon Eric Preston
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

Political reporter Jack Sharpe is logging time at the tail end of a disappointing career - jaded about politics and stung by personal hard knocks. But after an odd election result in the Ohio Congressional district he covers, Sharpe stumbles across irregularities that spur him to dig deeper. The story takes him far beyond his corner of Ohio as he discovers an international plot one that strikes at the heart of American democracy by taking advantage of weaknesses in today's political architecture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Gripping Political Drama with a Unique Concept

  • By Aaron on 05-26-18

Excellent political thriller

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-06-18

Great political yarn about a stolen election that is just realistic enough to make you nervous. Realistic about voting machines, political reporters, politicians and their aides, TV anchors, and the business of political reporting. Enough twists and turns to keep you guessing and an ending that makes you think.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Great Mythologies of the World

  • By: The Great Courses, Grant L. Voth, Julius H. Bailey, and others
  • Narrated by: Grant L. Voth, Julius H. Bailey, Kathryn McClymond, and others
  • Length: 31 hrs and 36 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,814
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,615
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,602

The deep-seated origins and wide-reaching lessons of ancient myths built the foundation for our modern legacies. Explore the mythologies of Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Learn what makes these stories so important, distinctive, and able to withstand the test of time. Discover how, despite geographical implausibilities, many myths from across the oceans share themes, morals, and archetypes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • mostly awesome

  • By Dan on 03-16-16

An amazing collection myth experts

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-14-18

If you have any interest in mythology, these lectures will keep you fascinated for weeks if not months. Myths from around the world discussed by five good-to-excellent academics are presented in a comparable format. Great Courses absolutely outdid themselves with this title.

  • The Fifth Season

  • The Broken Earth, Book 1
  • By: N. K. Jemisin
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,456
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,547
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,519

This is the way the world ends. For the last time. A season of endings has begun. It starts with the great, red rift across the heart of the world's sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun. It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter. It starts with betrayal and long-dormant wounds rising up to fester. This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the Earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ORIGINAL AND MOVING, EXCELLENT!

  • By Fantasy on 12-01-15

Imaginative and really well written

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-08-18

Liked it especially for the history of humanity as background. Major characters are interesting and well drawn. I look forward to the next volume.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cibola Burn

  • The Expanse, Book 4
  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 20 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,626
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,747
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,695

An empty apartment, a missing family, that's creepy. But this is like finding a military base with no one on it. Fighters and tanks idling on the runway with no drivers. This is bad juju. Something wrong happened here. What you should do is tell everyone to leave. The gates have opened the way to a thousand new worlds, and the rush to colonize has begun. Settlers looking for a new life stream out from humanity's home planets. Ilus, the first human colony on this vast new frontier, is being born in blood and fire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Book has been renarrated by Jefferson Mays-Thanks!

  • By fandel69 on 03-16-17

Big story with a lot going on - hang in there

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-17-18

Different sides of James and Naomi. He's trying to get two groups not to kill each other (really?) and she's getting into the head of a contemplative security officer. Fascinating science, brilliant engineering, less-than-convincing chief baddie. I enjoyed the ride.

  • The Great Revolt

  • By: Salena Zito, Brad Todd
  • Narrated by: Bob Hess
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277

Standout syndicated columnist and CNN contributor Salena Zito, with veteran Republican strategist Brad Todd, reports across five swing states and over 27,000 miles to answer the pressing question: Was Donald Trump's election a fluke or did it represent a fundamental shift in the electorate that will have repercussions - for Republicans and Democrats - for years to come.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating!

  • By Tresda on 05-20-18

To understand the 2016 election, start here.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-18

The MSM have an established story about who Trump's supporters are. It's mostly wrong. This book tells an alternative story. Zito and Todd brings these folks to life with well-interviewed anecdotes, excellently analyzed sample surveys and illuminating historical context. it's also well written and nicely performed.

  • Shards of Honor

  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,743
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,118

I>Shards of Honor is the novel in which Lois McMaster Bujold introduced the science-fiction world to Barrayar and Aral Vorkosigan, Beta Colony and Cordelia Naismith. From this beginning the author has created a multigenerational saga spanning time as well as space. Bujold is generally recognized as the current exemplar of the character-based science-fiction adventure story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First story in the Miles Vorkosigan series

  • By Lifelong Reader on 06-18-09

Great prequel explains much

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-22-18

Having read half a dozen of the Vorkosigan books, this prequel helped me understand what comes next. Good story, too.

  • The Yiddish Policemen's Union

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Chabon
  • Narrated by: Peter Riegert
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 667
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 620
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 614

For 60 years Jewish refugees and their descendants have prospered in the federal district of Sitka, a temporary safe haven created in the wake of the Holocaust and the shocking 1948 collapse of the fledgling state of Israel. The Jews of the Sitka District have created their own little world in the Alaskan panhandle, a vibrant and complex frontier city that moves to the music of Yiddish. But now the district is set to revert to Alaskan control, and their dream is coming to an end.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story and voice but what's with the music?

  • By Samantha Dunaway Bryant on 09-18-16

Great read, especially if you know some Yiddish

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-21-18

Brilliant setting, marvelous hard-boiled writing style, clever story that ultimately makes sense, appealing protagonists. Performance was a little more restrained than necessary. An absolute tour-de-force.